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ESA Opens Landsat Archives
2011-11-24 04:23:39

Over 30 years of archived data from the US Landsat Earth-observing satellites are now available, free of charge. The majority of these products are unique to ESA´s archive and have never before been accessible anywhere else by the scientific user community. In its archives, ESA holds around two million products that cover Europe and North Africa. The total amount of data available is worth about 450 terabytes — that´s equivalent to about 900 000 hours of audio recorded at...

Image 1 - Satellites Respond To Humanitarian Needs
2011-11-22 14:52:17

A review of crisis response using Earth observation techniques is now available online. The Respond Atlas outlines global events where remote sensing assisted in preparing for and responding to disasters and humanitarian crises. The Respond project began in 2004 as a European Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative. During its five years of service, hundreds of maps were produced to assist in relief efforts linked to crises such as the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis,...

2011-11-12 05:52:08

After the recent launch of the first Galileo satellites — an event of paramount political importance for Europe — politicians, policymakers, space agency managers, industrialists, satellite operators and members of civil society gathered at the European Parliament in Brussels on 8—9 November for the 4th Conference on EU Space Policy. The Conference, devoted to the benefits of space to citizens and society, confirmed that space is high on Europe´s political agenda by...

Clear Forecast For Weather-monitoring Mission
2011-11-08 09:54:39

International partners are looking ahead to Europe's second polar-orbiting mission dedicated to operational meteorology — MetOp-B is set for launch next May. The Meteorological Operational satellite program is providing weather data services for monitoring the climate and improving weather forecasts. The first satellite in the series, MetOp-A, was launched in 2006. It continues to collect data on Earth´s temperature, humidity, wind speed, ozone and trace gases such as carbon...

2011-11-07 08:53:13

Space as a key sector for Europe and its citizens will be the subject of a conference that will be held on 8 & 9 November at the Hemicycle of the European Parliament. The Conference, organized with the participation of ESA, is placed under the high patronage of the President of the European Parliament, Mr Jerzy Buzek, the President of the European Commission, Mr José Manuel Barroso, the President of the European Council, Mr Herman von Rompuy, and the Vice-President of the...

2011-10-27 04:20:48

A heads-up car navigation display and a new approach to rainforest conservation were announced as the winners of the eighth Galileo Masters European Satellite Navigation Competition and the new GMES Masters European Earth Monitoring Competition, both supported by ESA. Together with the two overall winners, eight Galileo Masters special topic prizes, five GMES Masters challenge prizes and 23 regional prizes were awarded at the ceremony in Munich, Germany. The prizes were given for the...

2011-10-25 03:22:26

The World Climate Research Programs Open Science Conference begins today in Denver, USA. The week-long event brings together climate scientists from over 80 countries to discuss the latest findings on climate and identify pressing questions. Held 24—28 October in downtown Denver, Colorado, the conference aims to improve our understanding and prediction of natural and human-influenced climate change from small regions to the entire planet. The 1700 scientists will focus on how...

Satellite Rapid Response System Wins GMES Masters 'Best Service Challenge'
2011-10-17 07:46:33

As a result of an online vote, the first winner of the GMES Masters competition goes to Chelys for their Satellite Rapid Response System. They were voted Best Service Challenge. The GMES Masters competition called for new ideas and services for the best use of Earth observation data from Europe´s Global Monitoring and Security program. The competition, which closed on 15 September, aimed to encourage students, researchers and entrepreneurs, new companies and small to medium...

Image 1 - Slight Surface Changes Detected From Space
2011-10-13 08:23:28

Scientists are making advances in the use of satellite data to map changes in Earth´s surface. Subsidence of only millimeters can be detected thanks to advances in technology. The picturesque town of Assisi nestling in central Italy´s rolling hills has, for centuries, drawn tourists, religious pilgrims and lovers of art. But it has also drawn the attention of scientists who see the real weight of its reputation. By exploiting satellite data, they have found that some areas of...

Faster Satellite Data For More GMES Users
2011-10-12 09:11:52

Broader and improved access to satellite data is boosting the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security program. The aim of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) program is to provide accurate, timely and easily accessible information. This will improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and support decision-making in emergency and crisis situations. To achieve these goals, the EU-led initiative relies on a...


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